Some people swore that the house was haunted. Jack was brave. He stayed in that house for a whole hour. Timmy lasted three. Jane was determined to beat the boys. They said she'd be part of the group if only she'd stay in there for a whole night.
An hour passed. The house creaked and groaned.
Two. Windows flickered. Power lines sparked.
Three. The roof shingles fluttered. A few tumbled.
Four. The cellar door rattled. The lock over it shook.
Five. The front door swung shut, and the lock clicked.
Six. The power lines sparked again, and the dead tree caught fire. The wood collapsed and the house burned like a matchbox.
Seven. The smoking fizzled and hissed in the rain. The body was brought out in a box.
Jack and Timmy swore up and down they didn't know why she was in there, and they felt cold fingers on their necks. At home, their rooms were trashed, mirrors shattered, and written on the walls was the message.
And nothing was ever the same again after that.